How to record the screen on your Mac

You can use Screenshot or QuickTime player to make a video recording of the entire screen or just a selected portion of it.

Use the Screenshot toolbar

Shift, Command and 5 keys

To view the Screenshot toolbar, press these three keys together: Shift, Command and 5. You will see onscreen controls for recording the entire screen, recording a selected portion of the screen or capturing a still image of your screen:

macOS desktop with screenshot toolbar shown

Use QuickTime Player

  1. Open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder, then choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar.

  2. Before starting your recording, you can click the arrow next to the Record buttonNo alt supplied for Image to change the recording settings:

    QuickTime screen recording settings
    • To record your voice or other audio with the screen recording, choose a microphone. To monitor that audio while recording, adjust the volume slider. If you get audio feedback, lower the volume or use headphones with a microphone.

    • To see a black circle around your pointer when you click, choose Show Mouse Clicks in Recording.

  3. To start recording, click the Record buttonNo alt supplied for Image and then take one of these actions:

    • Click anywhere on the screen to start recording the entire screen.

    • Or drag to select an area to record, then click Start Recording within that area.

  4. To stop recording, click the Stop buttonNo alt supplied for Image in the menu bar, or press Command-Control-Esc (Escape).

  5. After you’ve stopped recording, QuickTime Player will open the recording automatically. You can now play, edit or share the recording.

Learn more

  • The Screenshot toolbar is available in macOS Mojave or later.

  • When saving your recording automatically, your Mac will use the name ”Screen Recording date at”.

  • To cancel making a recording, press the Esc key before clicking to record.

  • You can open screen recordings with QuickTime Player, iMovie and other apps that can edit or view videos.

  • Some apps may not let you record their windows.

  • Find out how to record the screen on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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